Are You Ready to Join the Revolution Against Outdated Data Centers? – UPDATED

Are You Ready to Join the Revolution Against Outdated Data Centers?

Editor’s note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study blog series – see his notes below.

Do you remember the days of dial up – when you had the patience to wait minutes for the information you wanted? Fast forward 20 years. We now live in an era that demands immediate results, requiring much more agility from our IT infrastructure. This progression has forced us to streamline processes and leverage systems in ways that were unheard of years ago.

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Does Your Infrastructure Have the “Right Stuff” to Win the Virtual Space Race? – UPDATED

Does Your IT Infrastructure Have the “Right Stuff” to Win the Virtual Space Race?

Editors note: our virtualization expert Stephen Akuffo weighs in on the Virtual Space Race Study – see his notes below.

Technology is changing the way we do business every day in every way. We are constantly searching for ways to become more efficient, more flexible and more responsive. We want solutions that can be implemented in days, not weeks. We want innovation without compromising security. And, most importantly, we want reliability.

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2 Principles Of Data Backup That Save $12,500 Per Hour

The 2 Principles of Data Backup that Save You $12,500 per Hour

According to a recent survey of over 2,000 SMBs, the average cost per hour of a data center outage is $12,500 for a SMB organization, and up to $60,000 per hour for a mid-sized enterprise. The report also indicates that less than 20% of SMBs back up all of their data, with 88% of businesses having lost critical data within the last two years. This of course doesn’t include businesses that are scheduling backups but have never tried to restore data.

Even in these instances, many organizations are unsure if these backups are valid until they receive an audit or need to restore data outside of their internal backup policy.

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Feeling The Pressure Of Big Data?

Feeling the pressure?

Over the years, data centers became fragmented, with numerous types of proprietary software living in silos inside specialized hardware components – making them complex and frustrating to manage. Today, virtualization helps absorb and minimize this challenge, but creates another: Server and application sprawl from explosive data growth.

Server and application sprawl will cost you

A sprawl of uncontrolled and poorly managed application deployments leads to ‘application unavailability’ that endangers an organization’s profitability. Numerous examples of this continue to sprout up all around us. For example, do you remember the Amazon datacenter failure? I always like to remember an article I read that states:

“As business becomes increasingly dependent on technology and information, availability is a universal concern for every business, in every industry…And  globalization means there are no more periods of  ‘acceptable’ downtime. At any time of the day or night, somewhere in the world, customers and vendors need access to your corporate information. If they can’t get it, they’ll go elsewhere – creating an opportunity for your  competition.”

David M. Fishman, Sun MicroSystems, Application Availability: An Approach to Measurement

I was young, and I have to admit that it touched me and created a sense of urgency. Maybe this is why I am so passionate about what I do today. Considering the problem of server and application sprawl, automation and ease of management are no longer a ‘nice to have’ they are a MUST. With this in mind, where do you start?

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Wakefield Canada Gets Ready For The Cloud

Wakefield Canada is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Castrol premium lubricants and Canada’s premier integrated manufacturer and distributor of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) under the brand name H2Blu. With a broad customer base across Canada, including retailers, warehouse distributors, quick lubes, fleet companies, new car dealers and Original Equipment Manufacturers, Wakefield prides itself on delivering intuitive customer service.

Wakefield has been on Canada’s Top 50 Best Managed Companies and Top 50 Best Employer lists for the past three years, and has received a Microsoft Pinnacle Award for its technology successes.

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Reference Architecture: The Most Secure Route To The Cloud?

Confusion and questions about reference architecture abound! This is partly to do with being wrapped up with the cloud and partly because it’s not as simple as 2 + 2 = 4. Following our mandate of simplifying complex IT solutions, we recently sat down with an expert on the topic. What we also found is that reference architecture is poised to become the most secure path to the cloud.

Adam Catbagan is the Manager of Pre-Sales Engineering for Arrow Enterprise Computing, EMC partners in North America and was kind enough to share his expertise with me.

Elliot McWhirter: How would you describe what reference architecture is?

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